Richard Perez

Richard Perez

Richard Perez
Associate Professor
Phone number: 
646.557.4408
Room number: 
7.65.24NB

Education

PhD   CUNY Graduate Center
BA     New York University

Bio

Richard Perez is Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York where he teaches courses on U.S. Latino/a, Caribbean, and Postcolonial literatures.  He is the creator and director of John Jay College’s minor in U.S. Latino/a Literature.  He is concluding a book project entitled Towards a Negative Aesthetics: U.S. Latino/a Fiction and the Remaking of American Literature, which explores the use of the negative in U.S. Latino/a aesthetic formations.  In support of his book manuscript, Professor Perez was awarded the prestigious Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship.  His manuscript also garnered the City University of New York Faculty Publication Program Fellowship and two PSC-CUNY Grants. Professor Perez is the co-editor of two critical anthologies published by Palgrave Macmillan.  His first edited book, Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Criticism (2007), evaluates the state of U.S. Latino/a literary studies and projects an interdisciplinary vision of that study for the 21st Century.  This book was part of Palgrave’s series on American Literature Readings of the 21st Century.  His second edited anthology, Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures (2012), points to a subtle shift away from privileging magical realism as a monolithic category in the literature of the Americas and focuses this critical approach on writers of color who deploy magical realist moments to refer to traumatic or suppressed histories.  Professor Perez also co-founded the Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference.  In addition, John Jay College awarded Professor Perez with the Scholarly Mentorship Award in 2012 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.  His article entitled “The Debt of Memory: Reparations, Imagination, and History in Toni Morrison’s Beloved” appeared in Women Studies Quarterly in 2014.  His essay “Differential Visions: the Diasporic Stranger, Subalternity, and the Transing of Experience in U.S. Puerto Rican Literature” is forthcoming in The Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature edited by John Moran Gonzalez and Laura Lomas.  His work has also appeared in the Centro Journal for Puerto Rican Studies, Latino Studies Journal, and MELUS Journal.

Publications

 Books-in-Progress:

Towards a Negative Aesthetics: U.S. Latino/a Fiction and the Remaking of American Literature.  This text explores the negative as a catalytic element in the writing and aesthetic formation of U.S. Latino/a Literature. (Work-in-Progress).

Edited Books:

Moments of Magical Realism in the Multi-ethnic Literature of the Americas. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Book Chapters:

“Differential Visions: the Diasporic Stranger, Subalternity, and the Transing of Experience in U.S. Puerto Rican Literature.”  In The Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature edited by John Moran Gonzalez and Laura Lomas.  Forthcoming.

“Longing for a Queer Future: The More, More, More of U.S. Latino/a Literature in We the Animals by Justin Torres.”  In Formative Iterations: The Conceptual States of Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Theory and Criticism. (Work-in-Progress).

"Flashes of Transgression: The Fuku, Negative Aesthetics, and the Future in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.” In Moments of Magical Realism in the Multi-ethnic Literature of the Americas.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Richard Perez and Lyn Di Iorio. “Tracing Magical Irruptions in U.S. Ethnic Literatures.” Intro to Moments of Magical Realism in American Ethnic Literatures, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

“Racial Spills and Disfigured Faces in Piri Thomas’ Down These Mean Streets and Junot Diaz’s ‘Ysrael.’” In Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Pgs. 93-112.

Richard Perez and Lyn Di Iorio Sandin. “New Waves in U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism.” Intro to Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pgs. 1-11.

Referred Journal Articles, Reviews, and Interviews:

“The Debt of Memory: Reparations, Imagination, and History in Toni Morrison’s BelovedWSQ Journal at the Feminist Press.  WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, 42:1&2 (Spring/Summer 2014).

Review of Defending Their Own in the Cold: The Cultural Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans by Marc Zimmerman.   Centro Journal for Puerto Rican Studies.  Vol. 26, No. 1.  Spring 2014.

Review of Translating Empire: Jose Marti, Migrant Latino Subjects, and American Modernities by Laura Lomas.  Latino Studies Journal (2013) 11, 447–449.

Review of Poetics of Dislocation by Meena Alexander.  MELUS Journal. Volume 36:1. Spring 2011.

“Emerging Canons, Unfolding Ethnicities: A Reading of U.S. Latino/a Literary Theory” Centro Journal For Puerto Rican Studies. Spring 2010.

“Remembering My Father’s Face: Latino Baseball, Roberto Clemente, and an Ethics of Hospitality” in Centro Journal For Puerto Rican Studies. Fall 2007.

Interview of Edgardo Vega Yunque regarding his novel No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew it Cauze Bill Bailey Ain’t Never Coming Home Again: A Symphonic Novel in Centro Journal for Puerto Rican Studies.  Spring 2006.

“Transamerican Imaginaries, Archival Revelations: The Current State of Latino/a Literary Theory” in Centro Journal For Puerto Rican Studies.  Fall 2005.

 

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